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Family Friendly Destinations in NSW for the July School Holidays

June 26, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

These July school holidays are a great time to get away with the family – from adventure destinations to historical must-sees and activities for all ages, there’s somewhere in NSW that will suit all your school holiday needs.


Just 37km from Sydney’s CBD on the city’s northern beaches, Avalon is a beach destination that’s sure to please everyone. Active families can go stand up paddleboarding, kayaking in Pittwater with EcoTreasures or hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Take the ferry to Mackerel Beach and explore Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Stay at Avalon Treehouse which offers beautiful district views with water glimpses and is just a few minutes’ drive to the vibrant Avalon shopping village.

Port Macquarie

There is so much to do in Port Macquarie, a four-hour drive from Sydney or one-hour flight, which is famous for whale watching and the Hastings River wine region. For some guaranteed family fun, visit Hydro Golf and Putt Putt, then enjoy an ice cream from Blue Cow Gelato. If you’re looking for something deliciously different to do, go fruit picking at Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Farm. Stay at Flynns Beach Resort which boasts two heated swimming pools, a playground and tennis courts.

Port Stephens

From camel rides at sunset to swimming with sea-life, Port Stephens, a short 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, is made for family breaks. Learn about local wildlife at Oakvale WIldlife Reserve, or go on a whale watching or dolphin Cruise. If you’re wanting something educational and fun, explore Worimi Conservation Lands on a Sand Dune Adventure Tour and learn about Aboriginal culture and history, local bush foods, medicines and the secrets of finding fresh water. Stay in a cabin at Middle Rock Holiday Resort with One Mile and Samurai Beaches at your doorstep.


Take the 200km road trip from Sydney to Bathurst, and explore a vibrant regional centre, with fascinating mining heritage and a huge food and wine scene. The whole family will enjoy a visit to the gold rush towns of Hill End and Sofala and the Bald Hill Tourist Mine. Kids will want to see the famous T-Rex at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, and take a trip to the National Motor Racing Museum situated trackside at Mt Panorama. Stay at Amaroo Cottage Farmstay and get involved with the running of a 760-hectare farm.

The Murray
The twin towns of Echuca Moama on the Murray River are renowned as the paddle steamer capital of Australia. Head out on a River Tour down the Murray or go camping, fishing, walking and boating in the Murray Valley Regional Park, and ride the Moama Five Mile Mountain Bike Trail. Stay at Moama on the Murray set on 82 acres of native Australian bushland on the Murray. Take an eight-hour road trip from Sydney, three-hour drive Melbourne or fly into nearby Albury Airport.

Southern Highlands

Around a 90min drive from Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra, the Southern Highlands is filled with old world charm. Family friendly activities include Fairy Bower Falls and Flour Salt and Water Bakery for a delicious sweet treat. Sport fans will want to take a tour of the Bradman Museum and Cricket Hall of Fame in historic Bowral. Stay at Rockwall in Bundanoon, a spacious modern property with room for the whole family and all the creature comforts you could hope for.


The coastal town of Narooma in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast is famous for its beautiful beaches, swimming, snorkelling and abundant local wildlife. Drive time from Sydney is five hours or catch a flight to nearby Moruya Airport. Stop by Bodalla Dairy for a delicious milkshake or sundae, and marvel at local sea life including seals and stingrays at Mill Bay Boardwalk. Don’t miss taking a scenic boat tour to Montague Island. Stay at Southbound Escape where every apartment has its own private balcony with stunning views over the Wagonga Inlet.

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